Quick Facts on Finley
- Celtic, Gaelic, Scottish
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Characteristics of Finley
Etymology & Historical Origin - Finley
Finley (or Finlay) comes from an old Scottish Gaelic male personal name Fionnlagh. The name is composed of the Gaelic elements “fionn” meaning ‘white, fair’ and “laogh” meaning ‘warrior, hero in battle’. The name is most associated Findláech, King of Moray, a northeastern medieval kingdom of Scotland, whose biggest claim to fame was that of being the father of Macbeth (the 11th century Scottish king made famous by Shakespeare in his early 17th century play). Unlike Shakespeare’s inaccurate portrayal of a tragic king, the real Macbeth was actually an admired and capable monarch. So apparently his father raised him well. The name Finley is currently ranked high in England and Wales as a boy’s name. The United States is the only English-speaking country where Finley is given to more females than males.
Popularity of the Name Finley
Finley was a around on the American naming charts as a masculine name in the late 19th century and early 20th century (at very low levels of usage), then it pretty much disappeared from sight. Finley would reemerge again on the charts in 2005 – but this time for little girls. It also came back on the charts for boy’s the following year in 2006. For both genders, Finley has shown only upwards momentum but the baby girls win the race. Finley is used for females at almost twice the rate as for males. In other words, this name is starting to feel more feminine. Which is ironic because the etymological roots are very masculine (battler, warrior). Finley is an example of American parents hijacking what was once a male personal name and feminized it by giving it to their daughters. As this happens, we typically see such names become less appealing for parents of little boys. We’ll have to wait and see what happens with Finley. It’s a cute name with a surname-like quality. It’s a friendly and unpretentious choice, and the nickname of “Fin” reinforces Finley’s Gaelic sensibility.
Popularity of the Unisex Name Finley
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Finley
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Finley
Finley We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Finley.
Popular Songs on Finley
Finley - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Finley.
Children's Books on the Baby Name Finley
An Elf Named Finley (Rick Junnila) - An Elf Named Finley, is an inspiring Christmas Story about a boy named Finley who has spent his entire 13 years of life as an orphan. In the early years of becoming a man, he suddenly finds himself homeless and without a job. Traveling out of the city in search of work, he finds a job in a small town of average people who strangely enough, call themselves "elves." He is offered a scroll of written rules for making toys. With empty hands and empty pockets he begins the often difficult task of creating something from nothing. Finley discovers that before he can create toys he must master the use of tools such as belief, love and hope... not hammers and nails like one would expect. Filled with both apprehension and determination Finley begins his journey. When he has finally mastered the rules for making toys, Finley comes to the realization that he has not only created a toy, he has created the life of his dreams! Recommended for ages 5-8.
The Strange Case of Finley Jayne (Kady Cross) - Kindle edition. Finley Jayne knows she's not 'normal'. Normal girls don't lose time, or have something inside them that makes them capable of remarkably violent things. Her behavior has already cost her one job, so when she's offered the lofty position of companion to Phoebe, a debutante recently engaged to Lord Vincent, she accepts, despite having no experience. Lord Vincent is a man of science with his automations and inventions, but Finley is suspicious of his motives where Phoebe is concerned. She will do anything to protect her new friend, but what she discovers is even more monstrous than anything she could have imagined…Recommended for ages young adult.
Famous People Named Finley
Famous People Named Finley - Finley Peter Dunne (writer and humorist); Finley Quaye (Scottish musician)
Children of Famous People Named Finley
Famous People Who Named Their Child Finley - Angie Harmon (actress); Holly Marie Combs (actress); Lisa Marie Presley (musician, daughter of Elvis Presley); Chris O'Donnell (actor)
Finley - Unisex Baby Name - Historic Figures
Finley - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Finley.
Personality of the Unisex Name Finley
The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done. They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.
Variations of the Baby Name - Finley